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Dirler-Cade Pinot Gris Alsace Aoc Schwarzberg 2005

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87 points Mark Squires: This is an interesting wine, in that it seems to have some contradictions. It is dry-ish, but it seems very rich, and I would suspect it was picked late. I wondered in fact if there was a bit of botrytis on it. There are caramel tinges on the finish, and if sugar is not very obvious, the richness of the wine is certainly apparent. Lush, and smoothly textured, it coats the mouth... (2008)

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Winery: Dirler-Cade
Color: White
Varietal: Pinot Grigio
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Dirler-Cade:
The Dirler family has been producing wine since 1871 in the small Alsace village of Bergholtz, near Guebwiller. The domaine added new vineyards in 2000 with the marriage of 5th generation Jean Dirler to Ludivine Cadé, and now has 45 acres under vine. Over 40% of the holdings are Grand Cru, and include portions of: Saering, whose clay/limestone soils produce wines with rapier-like acidity; Spi... Read more
The Dirler family has been producing wine since 1871 in the small Alsace village of Bergholtz, near Guebwiller. The domaine added new vineyards in 2000 with the marriage of 5th generation Jean Dirler to Ludivine Cadé, and now has 45 acres under vine. Over 40% of the holdings are Grand Cru, and include portions of: Saering, whose clay/limestone soils produce wines with rapier-like acidity; Spiegel, whose sandy/stony soil provide wines with ethereal finesse; Kessler, whose rich sandstone/clay soil makes for powerful, long-lived wines; and Kitterlé whose more volcanic soils engender highly spiced wines with great flavor persistence. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris account for over 60% of the vines, the remainder being Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Pinot Noir, Sylvaner, Muscat, and Chasselas. The vinification is essentially traditional, using both large oak foudres and stainless steel, while the vineyards are farmed 100% biodynamically. Read less

87 points Mark Squires: This is an interesting wine, in that it seems to have some contradictions. It is dry-ish, but it seems very rich, and I would suspect it was picked late. I wondered in fact if there was a bit of botrytis on it. There are caramel tinges on the finish, and if sugar is not very obvious, the richness of the wine is certainly apparent. Lush, and smoothly textured, it coats the mouth... (2008)

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